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28 April 2009

I have been really wanting to make some art lately.

So, I painted a board black.

And, I'll let you in on a little secret of mine- "mis-mixed paint"- it is the greatest mistake ever. At the paint desk of most paint stores they have a shelf or two of their mistakes, that they sell for cheap. I am addicted to buying this stuff. Two of my very favorite home colors have come from here. I use them all the time, and sometimes mix my own color from them. By the way this quart of paint was one dollar, count it- 1! I have used this one on about 10 projects, from art to redecorating.

After I painted the board black I was a little stumped by the possibilities and it took me a few days to decide what to make. My friend's sister was fooling with texture on her art blog, I thought that sounded fun. Especially since the board I used already has a great texture. A few paintings ago I played around with mixing joint compound (drywall plaster) with acrylic paint and spreading it on with a palette knife, so I thought I'd do it again.

I collected the necessary objects for the project.

Such as chalk, joint compound, palette knives, paint brushes, acrylic paint, decorative paper, scissors, treats and a few silhouettes from online....

Then I drew the branches on the boards with chalk. after i filled them in with the joint compound, leaving it semi-thick and really rough.

It was hard to keep everything in the lines, so some where fuzzy, or not exactly following the chalk lines, as you can see below. To clean this up, I just outlined the branches with my black paint again.

Then I drew out the outline to size on white card stock. I didn't want to ruin the nice paper on my first attempts at hand drawing birds. Drawing is not my strong suit. After they were cut out, I arranged them on the board.

Then I figured out where I wanted the paper to go.

Finally, I came out with this. I just brushed on a layer of polyurethane to seal it all. Hopefully it works out well. I am planning on hanging it in Etta's room, which I have been working on the last few days, but no pictures til I am done.


Marsha April 28, 2009 at 4:22 PM  

way cool art work. If you like birds, you must check out Posie Gets Cozy on my blog list. It is Alicia Paulson's cute little site. She loves birds too and has a lot of neat stitcheries and little models... Although, I do think yours is way cool.

Tink April 28, 2009 at 5:40 PM  

You are on a roll! Yummy desserts, car detailing, and creating a beautiful piece of art out of almost nothing! Seriously, is there anything you can't do??? (:

Sharla April 28, 2009 at 9:32 PM  

Very cute... I'm very curious about little Etta's room now :). Guess I'll get to wait and see!

Carrie April 30, 2009 at 8:05 AM  

I love it! Do you go to sleep at night? I have no idea how you get all these projects done! You ROCK!I officially feel like a slacker...I am going to paint a picture! (I have a canvas to paint for my bedroom...I have had it for 1 1/2...I think I will let Jake paint me a picture while I get ready for a yard sale)

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